Is Tank Ready For Fish?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Water' started by Kris23, Aug 4, 2017.

  1. Kris23Valued MemberMember

    Hi All,

    So I've had my tank running since September 2016 (nearly a year!). This will sound crazy, but it's still fishless. It's a 45 gallon planted aquarium and I did a fishless cycle with ammonia. I did the 24 hour test and completed the cycling process. Eventually, I got some neons. Unfortunately, they were sick (I should have known since they were on sale at the pet store) and they died in two weeks. After that, I kinda lost my motivation. The tank has been running, I've been doing water changes and putting in Seachem fertilizers (Excel, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Flourish), but I stopped putting in ammonia.

    My question is, does my filter still contain the beneficial bacteria? It's been a while, but they definitely developed. Please let me know your thoughts.
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  3. Claire BearWell Known MemberMember

    In order for the good bacteria to grow, it has to be fed-waste of fish would have fed it. This is the reason that you have to slowly add fish-to build up the bacteria to keep up with your bio load. So no is the short and sweet answer but you could start that cycle again! :)
  4. Kris23Valued MemberMember

    Makes sense. The good thing is that I have patience lol thanks for the explanation

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